The all new 2018 Dallara IndyCar broke cover at Indianapolis last night, revealing a striking new design much more in keeping with traditional open wheel concept racecar. As in previous seasons, the new car will come in two separate configurations, one for the demanding Superspeedway ovals and the other designed to work on both traditional road and street courses as well as the many short ovals that make up the current IndyCar schedule. The new IR-12 by Dallara has been created to produce a less bulky and sleeker car than the previous design, with an emphasis on weight distribution and balance sighted as one of the key design criteria by the IndyCar Series as they look to promote better racing across the mixture of racing locations in the IndyCar championship. With a push of additional weight towards the front of the car, Dallara and IndyCar anticipate a more responsive and nimble vehicle, coupled with a new aerodynamic package built to allow cars to run in close proximity, the new design is both aesthetically a major improvement over previous designs as well as making use of lessons learnt through the life cycle of the previous DW12. Jay Frye, president, INDYCAR competition and operations had the following to say of the new design: “The process started a year ago April, and we took the input of our fans, drivers, teams, manufacturers, partners – everyone shares in this. There is a historical component to this design, and it comes with a very forward look and all the latest components. Although the design looked good on paper it looks even better in person. We couldn’t be more excited to get this car on the track.” Furthermore, famed Italian designer Giampaolo Dallara, who is both the founder and president of Dallara Automobili was equally pleased with the outcome of the new car, and the continued presence of the famous Italian constructor in America's premier open wheel racing series: “2017 marks our 20th year in INDYCAR and we are glad that we can keep contributing to the great success that this series deserves. We have been working with the series’ organization and the teams to reach this shared goal, and this day represents an extraordinary step forward to achieve it.” Veteran drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia have been tabbed to drive the two cars – one for each engine manufacturer – throughout the testing regimen operated by INDYCAR. Team Penske is providing the Chevrolet-powered car for Montoya; Schmidt Peterson Motorsports the Honda-powered chassis for Servia. The testing schedule is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday (if necessary): Indianapolis Motor Speedway (superspeedway). Aug. 1: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (road course). Aug. 10: Iowa Speedway (short oval). Sept. 26: Sebring International Raceway (street-course simulation; brakes and cooling test). The first kits will be delivered to Verizon IndyCar Series teams in November. For more from the world of international motorsports, check out the Motorsport Sub Forum and get yourself involved with the racing community. What do you think of the new IndyCar design? Can the series improve the on track spectacle with the new cars? Let us know in the comments section below!